During April and May, Bimber and Dunphail will be supporting our founder member Philip Pinchin who will be attempting to climb Lhotse (8,516m) - the fourth highest mountain in the world for the medical charity Cobalt. And at the same time, we’re hoping that during his expedition, Philip will also successfully hold the highest whisky tasting in the world!
Our two distilleries are raising funds both for Philip's expedition and for Cobalt who provide support for the NHS and healthcare providers.
Each year Cobalt provides diagnostic imaging for over 130,000 patients with a fleet of mobile MRI, CT and PET/CT scanners supporting hospitals across the UK, at Imaging Centres in Cheltenham and Birmingham and with national lung screening. Cobalt pioneer innovation in medical imaging diagnosis by investing in equipment, integrated research and education to improve outcomes for patients now and in the future. The Charity also participates and funds research mainly in the areas of cancer and dementia and provides training for healthcare professionals on a local, national and international basis.
As a qualified climbing instructor Philip has taught thousands of people to climb and has climbed himself within 14 countries. However, Lhotse will be his toughest challenge to date. The climbing route is the same as Everest from the south side until just beyond camp 3 at more than 7,000m. However, just before this split, Philip is planning to share a dram of Bimber at Camp 2, situated at 6,553m – which, if successful, would beat the current high dram record by more than 1,100m!
Alongside direct financial support by both Bimber and Dunphail, Bimber will also be launching our rarest London single malt to date - the Bimber Lhotse Challenge 2023.
This incredibly special Bimber will be an entirely unique marriage of three different cask types – including some of our oldest and finest stock. Only 3 70cl bottles and 10 5cl miniatures will ever be produced – possessing a stunning, hand-painted artist label.
Whilst one bottle will remain in the Bimber distillery library for visitors to view, the second will be auctioned for Cobalt upon Philip's return from Lhotse (alongside a 5cl miniature which hopefully will have been to the summit of the mountain!).
The third bottle is being offered via a raffle on the Bimber webshop. And that’s where you can join us in making whisky history….
One 70cl bottle and 7 5cl miniatures of the Lhotse Challenge 2023 will be offered via raffle with tickets available to purchase on our web shop. Raffle tickets cost £10 each - you’re able to purchase as many as you like. The raffle will remain open until midnight on Wednesday 29th March. At 7pm on Thursday 30th March we’ll hold a live draw with Philip via our Facebook and Instagram pages where he’ll reveal the lucky winners of the 7 miniatures and also the incredibly lucky winner of the full-sized bottle! All proceeds from the raffle will go toward helping Philip pay for his expedition with any additional funds raising being presented as an additional donation to Cobalt.
Please note: the label of the bottle is for illustration purpose only. Actual bottle label may vary due to hand-painting illustration.
Philip and Cobalt need all the help they can get to support this challenge and raise much needed funds for medical imaging. We’d love for as many Bimber fans as possible to support them both with this extraordinary undertaking!